Now I have Silkie I've effectively halved the already small mileage I do in the BMW - and it shows. The BMW, being an old-school diesel, doesn't like short journeys and needs to do lots more miles than it does. Also, as it needs four new tyres, a Inspection 1 service and a new windscreen I felt it was time to put the old girl out to pasture. Therefore, I've been looking around for a petrol replacement.
I've been thinking C-class, 3 series possibly - even a Jaguar - but looking around it seems that petrol versions of these cars are like hens teeth to find - there are so few! So off we went to a car supermarket to kick some tyres and... my choices were all deemed too small. Not enough room in the back (guess who asked our six foot son to come along???) Anyway, instead, we ended up looking at E classes, 5 series, an A6, the Jaguar, a Passat, a Mazda 6 and others. Just sitting in the cars got us down to three possibilities - the E class, the 5 series and the A6, so I then started looking for contenders to drive. The nearest of seven petrol E classes for sale in the UK was 60 miles away; the nearest of three petrol A6's was over a hundred miles away and the nearest of twenty BMWs was 12 miles away.
We tried the E class first and I'm afraid we didn't like it. The ride was too soft and the car wallowed a lot. Oddly, the car (an E350 CGI) also seemed slow to react to steering and acceleration (yes, in S-mode). A pity, as I was looking forward to buying one of these.
Then we looked round at 5 series. Found a 528i SE fairly close, five years old, 44K miles on the clock, the right colours and the right major toys (but no sat nav or xenons - both of which are easy retrofits!) and drove it on Sunday and felt right at home. Ride, response, the feeling inside, road noise, seat comfort all good. The car has a tiny stone chip on the bonnet, unmarked alloys, good tyres and was 'reduced - this weekend only'. So we bought it and we pick it up on Friday.
So today I did not tinker with Silkie but I did strip out the stereo from the old BMW as he only offered me a low(ish) trade-in. He's getting it with the original radio cassette in it. I've removed the Bluetooth head unit, amplifier and sub and I'll sell these to make up some extra dough towards a Pro sat-nav and speaker upgrade in the new BMW.
Quite excited really! - oh. And I did tinker with Silkie a bit. Took the LED number plate lights off the BMW and put them into Silkie. So she has a new, bright-white rear - and on Friday she'll meet her new playmate. Which means I've had a new car last November 26th and I get another new car this November 25th. Not bad.